Seven parks across Brighton and Hove have won green flags for excellence in awards overseen by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The Level, Preston Park, St Ann’s Well Gardens and Hove Park along with Easthill Park, Stoneham Park and Kipling Gardens have all won the award.
Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The national awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country.
“The Green Flags are given to parks which are well maintained and have excellent facilities.
“St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove flies the flag for the 18th year while Preston Park also celebrates a 18th successive year.
“Easthill Park in Portslade has picked up its 16th award, Hove Park is celebrating a 14th success while Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean has won its 11th award.
“Stoneham Park has picked up its ninth award and The Level is flying a green flag for the fifth year running.
“The Level and Kipling Gardens both increased their scores since the last judging.”
Councillor Gill Mitchell, who chairs the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “We know how much quality parks and green spaces matter to residents and visitors, so it’s fantastic news that we will once again be flying seven Green Flags in parks in Brighton, Hove, Portslade and Rottingdean – a real city-wide success story.
“It’s a fitting tribute to our dedicated staff, friends groups and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure that the quality is maintained and our parks and gardens are a pleasure to visit all year round.”
The parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces recognised in the Green Flag Awards.
The scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more green flags awarded this year than last year.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy.”
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